Outer Banks Seasons

Weather on the Outer Banks is amazing. It’s beautiful almost all year-round, making it the perfect place to spend a vacation or just a weekend getaway. Learn more about the climate of the Outer Banks down below.

In Season

The “in” season describes summer. This is the time where the Outer Banks sees the most visitors all year and (usually) the warmest weather. With the temperature averaging in the low to mid 80’s during this time of year, it’s perfect for long days at the beach and pool!

Off Season

The “off” season brings the Outer Banks winter weather. Winters on the Banks are usually mild with temperatures averaging in the low to mid 50’s. Rarely, we do see an inch or two snow and cold weather into the 30’s. The Outer Banks in the winter is the polar opposite of summer. Most local businesses close down or shorten their hours. The beaches are empty and the high paced tempo of summer changes to a slower paced speed of winter relaxation.

Shoulder Seasons

Spring and fall bring us the shoulder-season on the Outer Banks. It’s not super busy, but a few visitors plan a spring vacation or a fall get away. Local businesses that closed in the winter begin to open up again and the weather starts to warm up significantly. The temperature is gorgeous between the high 70’s during the day and low to mid 50’s at night.

Average Temperature, Precipitation & Wind Chart

The weather on the Outer Banks is traditionally mild year-round. The weather readings recorded below reflect the average temperatures, wind velocity (miles per hour), and precipitation (inches) for the past ten years on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Weather Averages

Outer Banks Weather Averages chart from Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

Average Ocean Temperatures

While the weather on the Outer Banks is traditionally mild year-round, the water temps remain colder in the spring, followed by warmer ocean temps in the fall.

Average Ocean Temperatures chart from OBX Bound

Hurricane Information

Hurricane season lasts from June 1st until November 30th each year.
Be sure to visit our Hurricane Resources page to learn more – including hurricane FAQs, hurricane checklist, hurricane evacuation tips, travel & road conditions, travel insurance information, and more.